Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Into the sanctuary...

I wanted to share some scripture from Hebrews with you all tonight. As I read through Numbers, I am reminded how incredible Christ's sacrifice really is. I cannot imagine having to live like the Israelites lived as they offered up sacrifices for just about everything. In Hebrews 4: 14, the author says:



14. "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

In chapter 7:16, 

16. Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. 17. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 18. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. 20. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. (For more on Melchizedek, see Genesis 14)

Is that incredible or what? We have access to God's inner sanctuary! Why? Because of Jesus. That is enough for me to rejoice over! This is an opportunity that is too good to pass up. I encourage you to come to the inner sanctuary often. Pray, read, pray, read and worship. Get to know Him! He loves you so much He sent His son to make the ultimate sacrifice so you can come to Him washed white as snow. don't you just want to be right there in the presence of God all the time? 

Love you all:-)
Anita



Saturday, July 24, 2010

And the greatest of these is love...

I thought I would post a couple videos for you all today, as you might be *tired* of my sermons, lol!! You will need to pause the playlist on the right of the screen in order to listen to the videos.









Love you, love Him...


Anita

Monday, July 19, 2010

Take it to the street...

What awesome worship we experienced at both services yesterday! How wonderful it was to come together and lift up praise to the Creator!! Rickey was a huge blessing, and I always enjoy sharing the platform with him. Offering up praise is so important as we communicate with a holy God, but also for us as we seek to be filled with His glorious presence. I felt His presence yesterday, and there is nothing more incredible than that.

As you head out for another week, I just wanted to remind you that we are one in Him. Now we have the opportunity to take Christ out to the people who so desperately need Him. Let's keep that spirit we experienced yesterday going! God will accomplish great things through us if we let Him. I was reminded of this passage in Ephesians 4:


2. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6. and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.



30. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.


 31. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

So let's go out and be a light for Christ in a very dark world. We can win more people to Christ if we act more like Him. Let's spread the good news!

Love you all,
Anita

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tell of His greatness!

Good Thursday all! I hope you are having a good week. We do have a lot of people who are sick, hurting, going through hard times. Please be in prayer for all of them...without ceasing.

I am looking forward to Sunday as we welcome Rickey Taylor back to worship with us. We will be doing some beautiful songs about Heaven from "Beulah Land" all the way to "Revelation Song." Prepare your hearts now as we come together expecting the Holy Spirit to rain down and fill us.

I finished Leviticus and have now started in Numbers. I'm telling you the second time around is like the first time. There are so many things I must have missed the first time! I'm sure the translation has something to do with that too as I read King James with New American Standard the first time. I cannot say enough about the "New Living Translation." Combine that with the Life Application study guide, and it becomes so accessible.  Did you know that the New Testament was written in basic, every day "on the street" Greek? It was not written in language that was lofty or "schooled" but for the common people. Hmm. So I encourage you to get a *translation* you can understand. I am not a fan of paraphrases, at least at the beginning,  because I think it's like using "Cliff's Notes." Remember those? But that's just my opinion.

On to something encouraging...now,  this was written by David after he had pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech.

From Psalm 34:

 1. I will praise the Lord at all times.
      I will constantly speak his praises.
 2.  I will boast only in the Lord;
      let all who are helpless take heart.
 3.  Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
      let us exalt his name together.


What a wonderful reminder as we prepare to come together to worship!

Pray, read, worship:-)

Love you ALL!

Anita

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

More thoughts...

What would "church" be like if we put God first, I mean *really* put God first? What if every decision we made about everything was about Him and not about us and our preferences? Think about it...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thursday encouragement...

Here it is Thursday again and we are headed into another day of worship. God is so good and so faithful. I wonder how He does it. His grace and mercy are so immeasurable. Thank goodness! We need it...and we need a lot of it.

I talk about Psalms a lot because I find myself there everyday looking for passages that reflect the emotions I am feeling. The one for today is Psalm 25. I'll just be honest, it's very easy to get discouraged in ministry. And, of course, the enemy will use that to keep us all from doing God's work. I'm the kind of person who is not satisfied with status quo. I want more in my relationship with Christ. I want to read more, I want to pray more, I want to worship more. I want to do more. Then comes the enemy. He *is* satisfied with the status quo. When he sees us striving to be more like Christ, he gets mad and goes to work. Ironically, I should take comfort in that. But I'm human and some things just hurt. BTW, it's very easy to wallow around in self-pity, but we have to consciously make the effort to give it to Him and find His purpose in it. In other words, be thankful for it.

I love God. I love Him so much that all I want is to please Him. Which also gives me the desire I have to reach others for Him...however possible. My heart aches for people who do not know His love and mercy. And my heart aches for people who don't know His joy. My heart aches for people who just scratch the surface of a relationship with Jesus but never get to really experience Him. I've been in those places.

So my number one goal is to lead people to Him through my testimony and through any other means He gives me to use. And there comes Satan again trying to discourage and stir up bad feelings and keep us from being effective. In the words of David, "O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O Lord;       point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you."

Whatever you are facing as you try to live for Christ is not a new problem for God. He sees all our hearts. He knows what is pure and honest. And He will show us the right path. In the end, He wins. I encourage you to keep working toward a more meaningful relationship with Him. Take refuge in Him when things get hard and pray this prayer, "May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you."

Put your hope in Him. Then, love each other. It's not as easy as it sounds, and we are challenged when we feel hurt or attacked. But He loves us with "unfailing" love. Unfailing. I wonder how He does it. He's God.

I love ALL of you because of Him, and I lift ALL of you up in prayer as we go forward on our journey of worship:-)

Anita